'Severance' & 'The Essex Serpent' two of last week's most-popular streaming shows

The Essex Serpent artwork
The Essex Serpent artwork (Image credit: Apple TV+)

What you need to know

  • Apple TV+ has hits in last week's list of most popular shows according to Just Watch.
  • Severance was in good form while The Essex Serpent also made an appearance.

Apple TV+ shows Severance and The Essex Serpent were two of the top ten most popular streaming shows of last week according to numbers shared by JustWatch.com.

The stats, which include big names from the likes of Netflix and Disney+, saw the Apple TV+ shows sit in the last two spots of the JustWatch chart — The Essex Serpent in 9th and Severance in 10th.

Just Watch Most Popular Streaming Shows Chart for May 15

Just Watch Most Popular Streaming Shows Chart for May 15 (Image credit: Just Watch)

From Ben Stiller and creator Dan Erickson, Severance centers around Mark Scout (Adam Scott), a leader of a team of office workers whose memories have been surgically divided between their work and personal lives.This experiment in 'work-life balance' is called into question as Mark finds himself at the center of an unraveling mystery that will force him to confront the true nature of his work… and of himself.

Sitting pretty at the top of the tree was Candy while Beter Call Saul was in fifth and the new show The Staircase rounded out the top three.

Set in Victorian England featuring a star studded cast led by Claire Danes, Tom Hiddleston, Frank Dillane, Clémence Poésy and Hayley Squires, The Essex Serpent follows London widow Cora Seaborne (Danes) who moves to Essex to investigate reports of a mythical serpent. She forms surprising bond of science and skepticism with the local vicar (Hiddleston), but when tragedy strikes, locals accuse her of attracting the creature.

Both of the Apple TV+ shows are well worth checking out alongside the rest of the growing catalog that Apple is putting together, and Severance is so popular that season 2 is already in the works. You'll need an Apple TV+ or Apple One subscription to watch, however.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.